Twitter wants to make sure you read the article before you retweet

World Jun 11, 2020

Twitter wants to make sure you read the article before you retweet

Twitter Inc. will prompt some users to click links to other websites before retweeting them, part of an effort to discourage the spread of misinformation and foster more thoughtful communication on its social network. "Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to ...

Trump pushes conspiracy theory about Buffalo protester

World Jun 10, 2020

Trump pushes conspiracy theory about Buffalo protester

U.S. President Donald Trump ignited fresh controversy over his hard-line "law and order” push Tuesday by peddling yet another unfounded conspiracy theory, this time trying to raise suspicions about a 75-year-old protester who was hospitalized after being shoved by police and falling. Trump tweeted without ...

False Bill Gates conspiracy theories echo through Africa

World May 28, 2020

False Bill Gates conspiracy theories echo through Africa

As the novel coronavirus wreaks global havoc, Bill Gates is the new bete noire for conspiracy theorists worldwide including in Africa where a Kenyan politician's false online post has added major fuel to the spread of misinformation. While Gates's vaccine programs on the continent have ...

Twitter calls Trump tweets 'unsubstantiated' for the first time

World May 27, 2020

Twitter calls Trump tweets 'unsubstantiated' for the first time

Twitter labeled two tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump "unsubstantiated" and accused him of making false claims Tuesday, a first for the social network which has long resisted calls to censure the president over truth-defying posts. The move drew a furious response from Trump, who ...

Asia Pacific Apr 10, 2020

Taiwan accuses Chinese trolls of fomenting racism spat with WHO

Taiwan accused Chinese internet users of spreading fabricated expressions of remorse in a coordinated effort to paint Taipei as the source of a campaign of racist abuse against the head of the World Health Organization. Chinese internet users are claiming to be Taiwanese and apologizing ...

Fake cures, risky rumors: Virus misinformation hits home

World / Science & Health Mar 26, 2020

Fake cures, risky rumors: Virus misinformation hits home

From being duped into taking poisonous "cures" to watching businesses crumble and avoiding life-saving medication, people are suffering devastating real-world impacts of a deluge of online virus misinformation. As the new coronavirus sets scientists scrambling for a solution, rumors and false claims are fueling confusion ...